Solar energy, concentrating technology, solar furnace, dish, parabolic trough, solar tower, thermal storage

Solaire Concentré : Recherches Avancées et Technologies Energétiques

Equipements d'excellence (EQPX)

Equipements d'excellence

Informations générales

Référence projet : 10-EQPX-0049
Etablissement Coordinateur : CNRS Languedoc-Roussillon (Montpellier)
Région du projet : Occitanie
Discipline : 2 - SMI

Aide de l'ANR 4 497 120 euros
Investissement couvrant la période de février 2011 à décembre 2019

Résumé de soumission

The SOCRATE project (Concentrated Solar, Advanced Research and Energy Technology) aims to establish a national experimental platform, on an European scale, in the area of concentrated solar energy, combining the methods necessary for the development of research, technology and innovation in the area. The primary aim is to improve and extend existing facilities, but also implement new facilities.

The main achievements (stage 1) are:New facilities

            A solar micro-power plant using parabolic troughs (MicroSol-R)

            A set of apparatus for measuring the properties of solar energy materials

Improvements of existing facilities

            The heliostat field of Odeillo’s solar furnace and of Themis central receiver power plant.

SOCRATE is now composed of 12 solar furnaces with power from1 to 1000 kW, one 50 kW dish, one 150 kW parabolic trough pilot loop and one 5 MW solar tower.

Ten CNRS personnel (among which 8 permanent staff) are involved in the operation, maintenance and development of the SOCRATE facilities.

SOCRATE facilities are known worldwide and recognized as one of the most complete R&D infrastructures on concentrating solar technologies open to external access.

For training the access to SOCRATE facilities are free of charge. Master and PhD students are currently using the equipments for their researches. For research activities, access is free of charge for PROMES laboratory members (SOCRATE consortium). For users out of the consortium the tariff depends on the quality of the user. A specific management of European users is offered by SOCRATE using the European FP7 project SFERA II (


SOCRATE Equipex constitutes the national infrastructure on solar concentrating technologies identifies as large RI by the French Ministry for High Education and Research (under the name FR-SOLARIS). FR-SOLARIS is the French component of the European ESFRI initiative EU-SOLARIS.

L'auteur de ce résumé est le coordinateur du projet, qui est responsable du contenu de ce résumé. L'ANR décline par conséquent toute responsabilité quant à son contenu.

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